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    Canada to Work With Industry to Ensure Scheduled Vessel Traffic in Arctic

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    Icebreaking operations of the Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) in the Arctic are underway and the agency will continue to ensure the shipping season is successful, the Government of Canada said in a release.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Canadian icebreakers assist commercial vessels in the Arctic and stand ready to respond to humanitarian and environmental emergencies, according to the Canadian government.

    "CCG will continue to work with industry in the coming months to ensure scheduled vessel traffic can move into and out of Arctic waters and community harbours safely and efficiently."

    At present, six CCG icebreakers and five helicopters operate in the Arctic region, providing support to some 100 vessels every day, according to the Canadian authorities.

    "CCG operations are currently focused mainly on High Arctic areas, such as Eureka and the North Pole. In September, assistance to shipping will shift to Foxe Basin and the Central Arctic, including the Northwest Passage."

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